Resources Library

Looking for resources or materials from on a past training or webinar? You can find a history of previous training presentations powerpoints, webinars, and handouts below!

Administering the Next Step Tool

The Next Step Tool is a version of the VI-SPDAT for youth and young adults aged 24 and younger.

Administering the SPDAT

The SPDAT, or Service-Prioritization-Decision-Assistance-Tool, is an evidence-informed approach to assessing the acuity of an individual’s or family’s homelessness.

Administering the VI-SPDAT 2.0

The VI-SPDAT 2.0 is the common vulnerability assessment and prioritization tool.

Best Practices for Emergency Shelters & Crisis Services

This training discusses methods to strengthen the front lines of the fight against homelessness and reorganize, re-prioritize, and re-connect to strengthen efforts across the board. It goes over concepts of Rapid Re-Housing and Housing First Principles.

Connecticut Services for Youth and Young Adults

Age-specific programs and trauma sensitive services have been developed at both state-operated and private non-profit agencies throughout Connecticut to assist young adults diagnosed with major mental illnesses, neurocognitive disabilities and/or significant trauma with their successful transition into adulthood.

Coordinated Access

Providers of service to people experiencing homelessness are coordinating their efforts to end homelessness in communities across Connecticut by developing Coordinated Access Networks (CANs).

Children in Shelters

CCEH provides resources, training and technical assistance to improve relationships between family emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence shelters, early care and education programs and other mainstream services.

Cultural Competency

In housing and homeless services, we serve an incredibly diverse range of people. Cultural Competence is the knowledge and understanding of the diverse and complex needs of people from various cultural groups.

Criminal Justice Involvement and Homelessness

Resources and information about the link between the criminal justice system and homelessness.

Crisis Services

Resources on mobile crisis services and collaborations throughout Connecticut.

Developing Successful School-Community Initiatives to End Youth Homelessness

Community-based initiatives that are driven by youth voice and that establish strong linkages between schools and community organizations have an important role to play in the effort to end youth homelessness.

Disabilities in Shelters

Clients living with disabilities belong to a protected class in Connecticut, which allows them rights to reasonable accommodation and protects them from discrimination due to their disabilities.

Document Ready Training

Many housing programs require documentation for clients to be admitted into their program. Accelerating the pace of getting document ready moves clients into housing faster.

Due Diligence – Refusal of Services Policy

This is the DOH/DHMAS Due Diligence- Refusal of Services Policy.

Government Programs

From the CT Department of Housing to the Department of Developmental Services, departments throughout the national, state, and local government participate in the mission to end homelessness and run housing assistance programs.

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a perspective and set of practical, evidence based strategies used to reduce the negative consequences of drug use or risky behavior.

Housing Plans for All Clients

Many providers are challenged to house some of their clients with unique circumstances and creating effective housing plans that work for all clients.

Housing Domestic Violence Survivors

Domestic Violence survivors face many unique challenges in accessing housing services and assistance.

Housing First

Housing First approach works to shift conversation from “What can we do to help you?” to “What can we do to get you housed?”

Human Trafficking and Homeless Youth

Homelessness is one of the main risk factors for Human Trafficking and youth and young adults are one of the most vulnerable populations. Awareness is key to identification, prevention, and support for victims and survivors to end human trafficking.

Identification for Justice Involved Individuals

The CT Coalition to End Homelessness is partnering with the CT Department of Correction (DOC) to assist individuals who were previously incarcerated and are experiencing homelessness in claiming any identification they may have left with the CT Department of Correction.

Immigration and Shelters

Changes in federal law have created uncertainty for people with undocumented status, as well as for the shelters who may serve them. Resources and legal guidance are available to guide service providers in this area.

Landlord Recruitment and Retention

In any fiscal climate, building and maintaining relationships with landlords is one of the most important, but challenging components of housing clients

The LGBTQ Community, Safe Shelter, & Fair Housing

Resources and information to help you guarantee a safe space & the equal treatment of the LGBTQ population.

Outreach and Engagement

Reaching and engaging hard to reach clients is one of the most challenging aspects of ending homelessness.

Progressive Engagement

Helping households end their homelessness as rapidly as possible, despite barriers, with minimal financial and support resources. More supports are applied to those households who struggle to stabilize.

Rapid Re-housing

Rapid re-housing acts as a trampoline, using targeted financial assistance and short-term services to quickly return individuals and families who have slipped into homelessness back into housing and stability.

Re-Imagining Shelter Space

Explore ways of improving Shelter Space for special populations, such as youth and young adults, the transgender and LGBTQ community, and families.

Safely Doubled-Up

Resources to ensure doubled-up housing arrangements are safe and appropriate for families.

Shelter Diversion

Shelter diversion is a strategy that prevents homelessness at the front door by helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and, if necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance.

Substance Use Services

Many people struggling with homelessness or housing instability also face issues related to substance use. Learn about services they can access to support them in their goals of becoming sober as you work with them toward housing.


STRIVE- Support to Reunite, Involved, and Value Each Other is a program to help runaway youth re-unite with their families.

Transitional Housing

Transitional Housing is a time-limited housing support that helps to end homelessness.

Trauma Informed Practices

Becoming “trauma-informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. Learn more about trauma informed care here.

Youth Count Resource Guide

This guide to the Youth Count and Youth Engagement Team Initiatives contains a vast array of resources on participating and facilitating the Youth Count.

Youth Resources

Youth homelessness can often be one of the most invisible forms of homelessness.

Zero 2016:

The Zero:2016 campaign is an initiative to end veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.